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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – In her homemade flyer at Hempstead Plains, N.Y., Bessica Medlar Raiche makes the first solo airplane flight by a woman in the U.S. to be accredited by the Aeronautical Society of America.

1932 – Cyril Frank Uwins set a world altitude record when he reaches a height of 43,976 feet in a modified Vickers Vespa VII fitted with a supercharged Bristol Pegasus engine.

1956 – Birth of Kevin Richard Kregel, American military test pilot and NASA astronaut.

1980 – First flight of the AIDC AT-3 “Zìqiáng” (shown), a Taiwanese advanced jet trainer co-developed with U.S. aircraft manufacturer Northrop.

1982 – Death of Yevdokia Bershanskaya, Soviet World War II pilot; she and Yevgeniya Rudneva formed three women’s air regiments during the conflict. They became known as the “Night Witches.”

2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying 128 crew and passengers, crashes in Thailand; 89 perish.

Updated: September 16, 2014 — 1:21 PM

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